London: John Murray, 1883. 1st edition. Cloth. 1st edition. A Good copy. 8vo., xv, 259 pp., illustrated with colored plates and 56 plates at the rear. Bound in red cloth with beveled edges; design in gilt. Boards soiled; spine sunned with dulled lettering. From the Sondley Reference Library of Asheville, and bearing the name of F. A. Sondley on the front end paper. Library book plate and blind stamp. Good. Item #31504
Forster Alexander Sondley, attorney and scholar, was born at Montrealla, his maternal grandfather's home in Alexander, a community ten miles north of Asheville. As an adult he most often referred to himself as F. A. Sondley. A lawyer, historian, and collector of art, he is chiefly remembered for his personal library of approximately 30,000 volumes containing hundreds of rare works on southern and state history and natural history. The city of Asheville acquired the library by bequest at his death, and parts of it still form the nucleus of the Sondley Reference Library in Asheville.